|- A -|
- The absent are always in the wrong.
- Abundance, like want, ruins many.
- Adversity makes a man wise, not rich.
- Advice is least heeded when most needed.
- After dark all cats are leopards.
Native American Proverb (Zuni)
- After dinner, rest; after supper walk a mile.
- After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
- The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
- After the dance the drum is heavy. (Anpre dans tanbou lou.)
- After three days without reading, talk becomes flavorless.
- After victory, tighten your helmet chord.
- All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way.
- All roads lead to Rome.
- All roads do not lead to Rome.
- All sins cast long shadows.
- All sunchine makes the desert.
- All things good to know are difficult to learn.
- All sunshine makes the desert.
- All temptations are found either in hope or fear.
- An Arch never sleeps.
- An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by
- An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.
- An excess of courtesy is a discourtesy.
- An honest man is not the worse because a dog barks at him.
- An iron rod bends while it is hot.
- An open enemy is better than a false friend.
- The anvil fears no blows.
- Ask a lot, but take what is offered.
- Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.
- Ask the experienced rather than the learned.
- Ask thy purse what thou should spend.
- At the narrow passage there is no brother and no friend.
- Avoid the evil, and it will avoid thee.
- B -
- A bad agreement is better than a good lawsuit.
- Bad is never good until worse happens.
- A beautiful funeral doesn't guarantee heaven.(Bel anteman pa di paradi.)
- Beauty without virtue is as a flower without perfume.
- A bed bug has a hundred children and says how few.
- Bed is the poor man's opera.
- The beetle is a beauty in the eyes of its mother.
- The beginning is the half of every action.
- Be happy while you're living, For you're a long time dead.
- Behind an able man there are always other able men.
- Below the navel there is neither religion nor truth.
- Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
- Be on your guard against a silent dog and still water.
- Be Prepared
Boy Scout Motto
- Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.
- The best answer to anger is silence.
- The best armor is to keep out of range.
- The best soldiers are not warlike.
- The best way to put an end to bed bugs is to set fire to the bed.
- Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant..
- Better a lie that soothes than a truth that hurts.
- Better a mouse in the pot than no meat at all.
- Better an egg today than a hen tomorrow.
- Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.
- Better be quarreling than lonesome.
- Better do a kindness near home than go far to burn incense.
- Better to bend than break
- Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness
- Better to lose the anchor than the whole ship.
- Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
- Beware of a man of one book.
- Beware of a man's shadow and a bee's sting.
- Beware of a man that does not talk and a dog that does not bark.
- Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
- Beyond the mountains, more mountains. (Dye mon, gen mon.)
- The big thieves hang the little ones.
- Big tree fall down, goat bite he leaf.
- The biting fly has no one to come to his aid in trouble.
- A bit of fragrance always sticks to the hand that gives you roses.
- The blind man is laughing at the bald head.
- A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.
- A borrowed drum never makes good dancing. (Tanbou prete pa janm fè bon dans)
- By asking for the impossible, obtain the best possible.
- The busy fly is in every man's dish.
- By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn.
- C -
- Call on God, but row away from the rocks.
- The camel carries the load, but it is the tick that complains.
- Charity sees the need, not the cause.
- Children are a poor man's wealth.
- Choose a wife with your ears, not your eyes.
- The church is near, but the way is icy, The tavern is far, but I
will walk carefully.
- A closed mind is like a closed book; just a block of wood
- The cobbler always wears the worst shoes.
- Complain to one who can help you.
- Confessed faults are half mended.
- The constitution is paper, bayonets are steel. (Konstitisyon se papie, bayonet se fe.)
- The country rooster dows not crow in the town.
- Cows forget that they were calves.
- The crow that mimics a cormorant is drowned.
- Cuando amor no es locura, no es amor.
(When love is not madness, it is not love.)
- D -
- Danger and delight grow on one stalk.
- A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple.
- Debts are like children: the smaller they are the more noise they make.
- Deceive the rich and powerful if you will, but don't insult them.
- The deeper the sorrow the less tongue it hath.
- Deliberate often--decide once.
- Deviate an inch, lose a thousand miles.
- A dimple in the chin; a devil within.
- The doctor is to be feared more than the disease.
- The dog's kennel is not the place to keep a sausage.
- The dog wags his tail, not for you, but for your bread.
- Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like
- The donkey sweats so the horse can be decorated with lace. (Bourik swe pou chwal dekore ak dentel.)
- Do not bathe if there is no water.
- Do not be in a hurry to tie what you cannot untie.
- Do not employ handsome servants.
- Do not lengthen the quarrel while there is an opportunity of escaping.
- Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
- Do not push the river, it will flow by itself.
- Do not put your spoon into the pot which does not boil for you.
- Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened.
- Do not speak of a rhinoceros if there is no tree nearby.
- Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.
- Do not throw the arrow which will return against you.
- Do not wrong or hate your neighbor for it is not he that you wrong
Native American Proverb (Pima)
- Don't be too sweet lest you be eaten up; don't be too bitter lest
you be spewed out.
- Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
- Don't empty the water jar until the rain falls.
- Don't fall before you're pushed.
- Don't let your sorrow come higher than your knees.
- Don't live in a town where there are no doctors.
- Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been leant to you.
- Don't offer me advice; give me money
- Don't open a shop unless you know how to smile.
- Don't run too far, you will have to return the same distance.
- Don't shake the tree when the pears fall off themselves.
- Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.
- Don't spoil the ship for a ha'pworth of tar.
- Don't stay long when the husband is not at home.
- Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
- Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
- Drink nothing without seeing it; Sign nothing without reading it.
- Dwell not upon thy weariness, thy strength shall be according to the measure of thy desire.